Performance Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Mark Curry is an American actor and comedian best known as the star of the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and as one of the various hosts of the syndicated series It's Showtime at the Apollo.
His first film role was in in the movie Talkin' Dirty After Dark, alongside Martin Lawrence, however his first major role was on television series Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, where he played the lead role of Mark Cooper, an NBA player-turned-substitute teacher/gym coach.
Curry appeared in two episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show as an eccentric driving instructor. In addition, he also had guest starring roles on television series Living Single (1994) and Martin (1997), and minor roles in the films Switchback and Armageddon.
In 2000, Curry also had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show as Drew's boss at Winfred-Louder. He appeared in six episodes. In an April Fools' episode of The Drew Carey Show, Drew refers to Mr. Soulard as Mr. Cooper, the joke being that Curry played both roles.
He was the host of Comedy Central's Don't Forget Your Toothbrush in 2000 and had minor roles in For Your Love, A Man Is Mostly Water (also 2000). In 2001 he had a minor role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Motocrossed. Later in the year, Curry played one of the leads in another Disney Channel Original Movie, The Poof Point.
Curry had guest starring roles in Less Than Perfect and Fat Actress (2002) and was the host of the PAX-TV show "Animal Tails" (2003). In 2004, he appeared on "Celebrity Mole Yucatan". He came in second place to Dennis Rodman.
On November 30, 2008, Mark performed a stand-up comedy routine on The Comedy Festival Laffapalooza Special, hosted by Tracy Morgan.
Curry was featured in Too Short's music video "I Ain't Trippin'", and is also featured in Bow Wow's "Take You Home" video as a father trying to get his daughter a doll of the rapper.
He appeared in the 2002 song Oakland Raiders by Oakland rap group Luniz. Delivering a humorous monologue as the song faded out, Curry asserted his status as a pimp and stated his fondness for big dank.
Mark grew up in Oakland, California. He still spends much of his time there, performing to sold-out crowds and encouraging students to stay off drugs and follow their dreams.